Yellow-legged Gull - Larus michahellis

(last update: October 08 2013)

Delfín González
Gabriel Martín
Antonio Gutierrez
Amir Ben Dov
Mars Muusse

Lesser Black-backed Gull adult, December 31 2010, Ashdod, Israel. Pictures: Amir Ben Dov.

Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull in the East Mediterranean. P10 almost fully grown. Plumage grey tone is dark grey recalling heuglini, but this bird has not the classic looks of the tundra breeding heuglini population which normally has a later moult. Another group of dark backed gulls breed in central Russia (the "Greg Region", which may be the origin of these birds turning up in winter in Israel.